Got this great comment from Tricia Dunlop in the UK and it inspired me to make a blog post out of it:
“What a great website and blog. I do not have a ‘pigs fly dog’. I do agility with Border Collies, who are also capable of presenting their own challenges …I changed my methods and started training my youngest dog 2 yrs ago using free shaping and have been amazed at the difference. I will never train any other way again. Look forward to more articles and getting your DVD.”
Tricia, thanks so much for the kind words! You illustrate a good point about the WPF training system. The fact is, ALL dogs of all breeds and mixes respond beautifully to WPF training. In my observation and experience, you get the very best performance out of your dog by using the methods I recommend. I’m using them now on my very biddable Cattle Dog puppy, and she’s blowing me away with how quickly she’s learning everything. So, if WPF training actually works better for all dogs, why did I write a book which recommends these methods for “Pigs Fly” or non-biddable dogs instead of just writing a general dog training book for all dogs? Here’s the thing – if you have a biddable dog, it is possible to train your dog with compulsion and luring. I’m not saying I recommend it, but it’s possible. The amount of force you will need to convince them to go along with you is minimal, and their native desire to work with you is strong enough that just showing them or luring them into what you want will probably get them to do what you want. Their final performance may not be as enthusiastic, reliable, or excellent as with the WPf system, but it could be passable by many standards. Pigs Fly dogs, on the other hand, are too stubborn to be compelled and to clever to be lured. You have no choice but to go to training that taps into their problem-solving ability and engages them in the process.
There are a whole slew of great training books out there to help people who have “normal” dogs. However, almost no one has addressed how to help people who’s dogs don’t respond to luring and compulsion – Pigs Fly dogs. Those owners are cut adrift and left wondering if they have rocks in their head for loving such an animal which seems to defy training. So, the short answer is that I wrote the book because I feel for people who love Pigs Fly dogs like I do, and I wanted to help them shape their dogs into great companions. But even the most biddable dog will soar with the WPF system!